We unknowingly hit the gluten free food jackpot preparing for this weekend's snowstorm when we picked up a new frozen pizza! My dad's coworker whose wife has Celiac said Against the Grain was the best prepared gluten-free pizza around, so much so that he liked eating it with her as much as he likes gluten-full pizza. And who can ignore that kind of endorsement! We heard it was at Whole Foods so expected to only find it at high-end supermarkets. Imagine our surprise when my sister and I found a whole array of Against the Grain options while carb-loading at the nearest grocery store after the gym!
Our store had all three varieties of Against the Grain's pizza: Three Cheese, Pesto, and Pepperoni. We grabbed a Pepperoni and my dad opted to add red pepper slices to make things a little more exciting.
Even before it was ready, we could tell it was a promising 'zza: it had a nice thick crust out of the box, not the normal thin crust of gluten free pizzas we're used to, and it had that beautiful smell of a fresh crusty pizza while heating up in the oven. I've mentioned before that our oven tends to cook things a few minutes earlier than expected, which held true here; we took the pizza out when the cheese was bubbly about 2 minutes earlier than recommended.
Just the look of this pizza was exciting! So we took a few pictures, sliced it up and dug in.
Dee-lish. Seriously, this is really good pizza. The crust itself was the best part - it was flaky and chewy like pastry dough, with a delicious cheesy taste. Most of the time when there's a thick crust on a pizza it's not a good sign, since it doesn't usually have much of a taste and you need to dip it in some marinara to enjoy it at all. Not so here. Although the crust is dense, it is wicked (as we say in New England) flavorful and tasty on it's own. The cheese was stringy and gooey, and although the sauce portion was relatively light you don't really notice until you're writing a post about it later. I think that's a good sign that the whole pizza worked well together though - usually you only notice one aspect of your food if it's really good or really bad, but if the food itself is delicious you shouldn't have to think too much about the individual aspects. Food philosophy! I'm going to have to think through that a bit more though, at the moment it's just a defense of why it's okay there isn't much sauce so I'm not sure it applies as a rule to other food experiences. More on that another day.
What a success! The whole family agreed that this was a real win, and at around $11 for a pizza it's a great deal. Although we could all eat it for dinner, it's good to know that if the rest of the family wanted to order a (comparatively) cheap pizza one night, we throw an Against the Grain pizza in the oven on the way to the takeout and all eat together when we're back. There were Against the Grain pizza shells in the gluten-free frozen section as well, which will be fun to play with on nights everyone wants to make their own pizza.
Any favorite Against the Grain products or other gluten free pizza brands we should try?